Does clinical experience make up for failure to keep up to date?

Norman, Geoffrey R.; Eva, Kevin W.
June 2005
Evidence Based Medicine;Jun2005, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p66
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the importance of clinical experience in medical practice. According to the author, the practice of medicine, like many other areas of human endeavor, requires considerable hands-on experience to achieve mastery. Most physicians, when asked, indicate that they did not really feel competent for several years after they entered practice, which tallies with estimates from other domains that suggest 10 years or 10000 hours are required to become a virtuoso. Some recent findings reveal that physicians in practice tend not to keep up on either knowledge tests or adherence to practice guidelines, but this seems to have minimal impact on patient outcomes.


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